Knightia R.Br.

Commemorating Thomas A. Knight (1758–1838), pomologist and past president of the Horticultural Society of London.

Evergreen trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, leathery, entire or toothed. Flowers bisexual in dense clusters, each 4-parted on a paired stalk. Perianth segments curling spirally. Stamens 4, attached above the middle, with short filaments and long anthers. Ovary superior, with 1 chamber and 4 ovules. Fruit a leathery follicle containing winged seeds.

3 species, 1 from New Zealand, 2 from New Caledonia.


Tree; flowers reddish brown; hypogynous glands 4; fruit a follicle.

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Knightia excelsa R.Br.